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InSight Special Lecture (35)

"Phishing: An Overview"

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Dr. H Raghav Rao

AT & T Distinguished Chair Professor

University of Texas, San Antonio

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 11:00 am

Venue: MYRA School of Business

About the Speaker:

Dr. H.R. Rao was named the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business in January 2016. He graduated from Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. His interests are in the areas of management information systems, decision support systems, e-business, emergency response management systems and information assurance. He has chaired sessions at international conferences and presented numerous papers. He also has co-edited four books, including Information Assurance Security and Privacy Services and Information Assurance in Financial Services. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 technical papers, of which more than 125 are published in archival journals.

Rao's work has received best paper and best paper runner up awards at ISR, AMCIS and ICIS. He has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Canadian Embassy. He also received the Fulbright fellowship in 2004.

Rao is chair of IFIP WG 8.11/11.13, the working group for Information Systems Security Research. He is co-editor in chief of Information Systems Frontiers, advisory editor of Decision Support Systems, associate editor of ACM TMIS and senior editor at MIS Quarterly.

He has placed Ph.D. students at Sogang U, UNCG, ASU, USF, FAU, MSU, OK State, FSU, Penn State, University of Warwick and others.

Rao was ranked No. 3 in publication productivity internationally in a 2011 Communications of the Association for Information Systems study. In January 2016, Rao's h-index was 45 and his i-10 index was 121. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

You are cordially invited

Dr. Shalini Urs

Chairperson, MYRA School of Business

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InSight Special Lecture (35)

 

"Phishing: An Overview"

 

by

 

Dr. H Raghav Rao

 

AT & T Distinguished Chair Professor

 

University of Texas, San Antonio

March 14, 2017

 

Dr. H Raghava Rao, US-based scholar of Information Systems Management who occupies the A T & T Chair at University of Texas, San Antonio, USA recently delivered a lecture on ‘Information Assurance’ at the MYRA School of Business on Tuesday, Mar 15, 2017. 

Dr. Rao who is currently involved in conducting research on information security, safety spoke about various ways in which information is prone to theft online. Specifically talking about ‘phishing’ the common term for ‘the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication, Dr Rao threw light on several aspects including the psychology of risk. Specifically Dr Rao mentioned the ‘bounded rationality’ theory of Herbert Simon as well as the ‘Prospect Theory’ propounded by Kahnemann and Tversky. These theories give the contextual framework which helps one understand how humans evaluate risks and take decisions. 

Dr Rao then went on to explain Cialdini’s theories on psychology of persuasion by explaining the six principles of influence - reciprocity, commitment/consistency, social proof, authority, liking and scarcity. Dr Rao explained how phishers use these six means to persuade gullible people to share sensitive information with them. 

The lecture was interspersed with lively interactions with students and faculty of MYRA and covered several related topics such as ethical hacking; cyber laws and cyber-crime regulation in US and India; segmentation of phishers as well as identifying population segments that are most prone to phishing. 

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